Saturday, June 30, 2012

Day 5: Making Good Progress

I read at
that there is going to be a lot of back burning to increase the strength of the fire line.  I assume that is what the smoke is all about.

Friday, June 29, 2012

Day 4: The Great Smokies

It is quite smokey today.   I doubt the smoke is from the flagstaff fire since there is a steady breaze from the west.

Still, it makes it hard to see anything at all up here at 8300 feet and 4 miles west of  the flagstaff fire.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Day 3: Rain is Good

There have been a number of thunder showers over the last day.  Although the associated lightning can spark new fires, it looks like all that has been happening is that the rain is helping to put out the flagstaff fire.

I took this picture about 4 pm.  There was just one small plume of smoke coming off the peak.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

9news just came up here

I showed 9news a good place to get some footage of the fire from here.  Maybe I'll even make it into the news myself since they interviewed me about the flagstaff fire.

Map of the Flagstaff Fire

Here's something I've been looking for - a detailed terrain map of the location of the fire

Cool Time Lapse of the Boulder Flagstaff Fire

I shot this time lapse of the western side of the fire yesterday (Day 1).  I'm about 4 miles west of the fire, and alas, don't have the right telephoto lense for a better close up.  However the swirling smoke and clouds are fun to watch.  See the video here:

Another longer time lapse as seen from Boulder is at

Day 2 Morning Update of Boulder Flagstaff Fire

9 am.

The fire does not look like much from the west this morning.  However, there is a live video feed of it at:

Another live stream (not as close up) is at

I find this map quite useful.   I'm reporting from a orange square just off the left edge of the map.
Also, here's a number I'll be keeping handy:
Emergency Operations Center has activated a call center for residents and others impacted by the fire to obtain information. The phone number is 303-413-7730. People seeking fire and evacuation information are encouraged to call this number. 

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Rainbow Over Boulder Flagstaff Fire

A rain storm came through about 7 PM. At a bit after 8 pm, I noticed a faint rainbow hanging to the left over the burnt mountain side
The rain seems to have helped put the fire out.  I did not see any more crown fires!

Slurry Bomber Releases Load

6:30 PM Here is a slurry bomber releasing it's load over the Boulder flagstaff fire.  This picture is on the western flank of South Boulder Peak.

Boulder Flagstaff Fire

6:03 PM View of the #flagstaff (that's the twitter hashtag) fire. It looks more contained from this side relative to an hour ago.  A thunderstorm passed overhead about 2:30 here.  Rumor has it that it was lightning from this thunderstorm that started the fire.

The black smudge above the mountain at the right is an air tanker. 

Here is a page with more useful links about the boulder flagstaff fire: